Only one day after he announced his positive Covid diagnosis on Dec. 18, Louisiana Republican elect Luke Letlow had to be rushed to Ochsner LSU Health hospital.
The 41-year-old was later transferred to the intensive care unit where he remained until his death Tuesday night.
Letlow, a married father of two, had been elected on Dec. 5 as a Republican Congressman representing the state’s 5th District and was scheduled to take office Sunday.
His sudden death deeply touched friends and colleagues including the Pelican State’s Governor John Bel Edwards who ordered flags flown at half-staff on Letlow’s funeral day.
“COVID-19 has taken Congressman-elect Letlow from us far too soon,” Gov. Edwards said in a statement. “I am heartbroken that he will not be able to serve our people as a US Representative, but I am even more devastated for his loving family.”
A family friend confirmed Letlow’s passing to local media and thanked people for their compassion: “The family appreciates the numerous prayers and support over the past days but asks for privacy during this difficult and unexpected time.”